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Development and Application of Decision Support Systems for silvicultural Planning and Decision making

Project Leader
Vacik Harald, Project Leader
Duration:
01.01.2001-30.10.2022
Type of Research
Applied Research

Further information: http://dss.boku.ac.at/

Staff
Lexer Manfred Josef, Sub Projectleader
Ruprecht Herwig, Project Staff (bis 31.01.2016)
Wolfslehner Bernhard, Project Staff
Weidl Christian, Project Staff
Arpaci Alexander, Project Staff (bis 31.10.2016)
Balas Katrin, Project Staff (bis 30.09.2009)
Müller Mortimer, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Silviculture
Funded by
Department of Forest and Soil Sciences, Peter Jordan Strasse 82, A-1190 Wien, Austria
Abstract
Considering the complexity of silvicultural decision problems within multiple-purpose forestry with many site and stand attributes, neither intuitive nor schematic solutions are appropriate planning approaches. For such problems, a formal decision analysis is strongly recommended: (1) structuring the decision problem, (2) assessing the impacts of each possible solution, (3) determining the preferences of the decision maker and (4) comparing the decision alternatives.
Decision support systems (DSS) can provide valuable support to solve ill-structured decision problems. In general terms, DSS are computer-based systems for integrating data base management systems with analytical and operational research models, graphic display, tabular reporting capabilities and the expert knowledge of decision makers to assist in solving specific problems. As DSS are based on formalized knowledge, their application in the decision making process facilitates decisions that are reproducable and as rational as possible.
At the institute of Silviculture strong emphasis is taken to develop decision support systems for specific decision problem in natural resource management. Further developements will consider the experiences and knowlede gained from former projects (DSS Wolschartwald, SDSS Wildalpen, DSD - Dobrova, CONES).
Keywords
operations research; computer-aided simulation; software engineering; forestry; silviculture; EDP in agriculture and forestry;
decision support;
Publications

Vacik H; Borges J; Kašpar, J; (2016): Challenges in the design of Forest Management Decision Support Systems addressing sustainability and societal demands.
[ICDSST 2016 EWG-DSS 2016 International Conference on Decision Support System Technology - The use of DSS in forest resources management and policy analysis, Plymouth, UK, 23.05.2016 - 25.05.2016]

In: Shaofeng Liu, Boris Delibašić, Isabelle Linden, Festus.O. Oderanti (Ed.), ICDSST 2016 PROCEEDINGS – THE EWG-DSS 2016 INT. CONFERENCE ON DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY: DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS ADDRESSING SUSTAINABILITY & SOCIETAL CHALLENGES

Mattsson, B J; Vacik H (2015): Decision Support Toolkit for adaptive management of forest ecosystem services across borders in Europe .
[Mountain Forest Management in a Changing World 2015, Vysoké Tatry, Slovak Republic, 07.07.2015 - 09.07.2015]

In: Narodne Lesnicke Centrum, Mountain Forest Management in a Changing World, Collection of conference abstracts

Toth W., Wolfslehner B., Vacik H. (2014): A framework of a comprehensive uncertainty analysis of the Analytic Hierarchy Process methodology in the context of environmental decision making.
[International Symposium of the Analytic Hierarchy Process 2014, Washington DC, USA, 29.06.2014 - 02.07.2014]

In: ISAHP, Full Paper contriibutions to International Symposium of the Analytic Hierarchy Process 2014

Vacik, H; Garcia-Gonzalo, J; Gordon, S (2014): Community of practice of forest management decision support systems and lessons learned for development and application.
[XXIV IUFRO World Congress 2014 - Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role of Research, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 05.10.2014 - 11.10.2016]

In: (Eds.) Parrotta, J.,A., Moser, C.F., Scherzer, A.J., Koerth, N.E., Lederle, D.R., Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role of Research. XXIV IUFRO World Congress, The International Forestry Review, Vol 16(5), 2014

Vacik H., Lexer M.J., Scholz J., Wolfslehner B., Köck A.M., Granitzer M. (2014): Design and use of computer-based tools supporting forest planning and decision making in Austria .

In: Borges J.G., Nordström E.M., Garcia-Gonzalo J., Hujala T. Trasobares A. (Eds.), Computer-based tools for supporting forest management. The experience and the expertise world-wide. Report of Cost Action FP 0804 Forest Managment Decision Support Systems (FORSYS), 16-32; Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet - Institutionen for skoglig resurshallning, Umea; ISBN 978-91-576-9236-8

Hujala T., Khadka C., Wolfslehner B., Vacik H. (2013): The role of computerized tools supporting problem structuring in participatory forest planning.
[FORSYS 2013 - Decision support systems for Sustainable Forest Management, Umea, Sweden, 24.04.2013 - 26.04.2013]

In: SLU, IUFRO, The Swedish Research Council for Environment Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning and COST (Eds.), Program and Book of Abstracts

Radl A., Lexer M.J., Vacik H. (2013): A semantic webportal approach to support decision making in forest management . [Poster]
[FORSYS 2013 - Decision support systems for Sustainable Forest Management, Umea, Sweden, 24.04.2013 - 26.04.2013]

In: In: SLU, IUFRO, The Swedish Research Council for Environment Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning and COST (Eds.), Program and Book of Abstracts

Rammer W., Schauflinger C., Vacik H., Lexer M.J. (2013): A web-based tool box approach to support adaptive forest management .
[FORSYS 2013 - Decision support systems for Sustainable Forest Management, Umea, Sweden, 24.04.2013 - 26.04.2013]

In: In: SLU, IUFRO, The Swedish Research Council for Environment Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning and COST (Eds.), Program and Book of Abstracts

Rosset C., Marques A., Rasinmäki J., Vacik H., Gordon S., Nobre S., Falcão A., Weber D., Granitzer M. (2013): Potentialities and Uses of Semantic Technologies related to Forest Decision Support Systems .
[FORSYS 2013 - Decision support systems for Sustainable Forest Management, Umea, Sweden, 24.04.2013 - 26.04.2013]

In: SLU, IUFRO, The Swedish Research Council for Environment Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning and COST (Eds.), Program and Book of Abstracts

Vacik H., Lexer M.J. (2013): Past, current and future drivers for the development of Decision Support Systems in forest management.
[FORSYS 2013 - Decision support systems for Sustainable Forest Management, Umea, Sweden, 24.04.2013 - 26.04.2013]

In: SLU, IUFRO, The Swedish Research Council for Environment Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning and COST (Eds.), Program and Book of Abstracts

Vacik H., Lexer M.J., Rammer W., Seidl R., Hochbichler E., Strauss M., Schachinger C. (2010): ClimChAlp - a webbased decision support system to explore adaptation options for silviculture in secondary Norway spruce forests in Austria.
[Workshop on Decision Support Systems in Sustainable Forest Management, Lisbon, Portugal, 19.04.2010 - 20.04.2010]

In: Falcao, A., Rosset. C (Eds.) , Proceedings of the Workshop on Decision Support Systems in Sustainable Forest Management. Lisbon, April 2010. , OP3 http://www.fc.ul.pt/dsfm2010/docs/presentations/paper_15.pdf

Keith M. Reynolds, Mark Twery, Manfred J. Lexer, Harald Vacik, Duncan Ray, Guofan Shao and Jose G. Borges (2008): Decision Support Systems in Forest Management.

In: Frada Burstein and Clyde W. Holsapple (Eds.), Handbook on Decision Support Systems 2 - Variations International Handbooks Information System 2, 499-533; Springer, Berlin Heidelberg; ISBN 978-3-540-48715-9 FullText

Vacik H., Lexer M.J. (2007): The role of Decision Support Systems regarding Knowledge Transfer.

Forst und Holz, 62 (9), 28-33; ISSN 0932-9315

Rauscher H.M, Schmoldt D.L., Vacik H. (2007): Information and Knowledge Management in Support of Sustainable Forestry: a Review.

In: Reynolds K., Rennolls K., Köhl M., Thomson A., Shannon M., Ray D. (Eds.), Sustainable Forestry: From Monitoring and Modelling to Knowledge Management and Policy Science, 439-460; CAB International, Cambridge; ISBN 9781845931742

Thomson A.J., Rauscher H.M., Schmoldt D.L., Vacik H. (2007): Information and Knowledge Management for Sustainable Forestry.

In: Reynolds K., Rennolls K., Köhl M., Thomson A., Shannon M., Ray D. (Eds.), Sustainable Forestry: From Monitoring and Modelling to Knowledge Management and Policy Science , 374-392; CAB International , Cambridge; ISBN 9781845931742

Fleck, W., Vacik, H. (2006): A Decision Support Tool for selecting Harvesting Systems in the Protection Forests. [Oral Communication]
[Kater 2006, International Conference - All about karst & water - Decision Making in a Sensitive Environment, Vienna, Austria, 09.10.2006 - 11.10.2006]

In: Wiener Wasser Werke, MA 31, Kater 2006, International Conference “All about karst & water" - Decision Making in a Sensitive Environment,, 9.10 – 11.10.2006, Vienna, Austria ; International Conference Vienna October 2006; All About Karst & Water; Decision Making in a Sensitive Environment; Proceedings on DVD, 169-173

Vacik H., Lexer M.J. (2006): A Social Learning Approach with Decision Support Systems. [Oral Communication]
[forest Xchange 2006 - New approaches in Knowledge Management, Freiburg, Germany, 25.10.2006 - 27.10.2006]

In: Dobbertin M. K. [Eds.], forest Xchange - New approaches in Knowledge Management, 25-27.10.2006, Freiburg, Germany; Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, WSL, Birmenensdrof, Switzerland and Bavarian Forest Institute, LWF, Freising, Germany, 12

Vacik H. Lexer M.J. (2006): A Social Learning Approach with Decision Support Systems. [Oral Communication]
[forest Xchange 2006 - New approaches in Knowledge Management, Freiburg, Germany, 25.10.2006 - 27.10.2006]

, forest Xchange - New approaches in Knowledge Management, 25-27.10.2006, Freiburg, Germany

Vacik H., Lexer M.J., Wolfslehner B. (2006): Application of a Spatial Decision Support System for Regeneration Planning in Water Protection Forests. [Oral Communication]
[Kater 2006, International Conference - All about karst & water - Decision Making in a Sensitive Environment, Vienna, Austria, 09.10.2006 - 11.10.2006]

In: Wiener Wasser Werke, MA 31 (Hrsg./Eds.), Kater 2006: International Conference “All about karst & water" - Decision Making in a Sensitive Environment, 9.10 – 11.10.2006, Vienna, Austria ; International Conference Vienna October 2006 “All about karst & water" - Decision Making in a Sensitive Environment; Proceedings on DVD, 199-210 FullText

Fürst, Ch., Lorz, C., Makeschin, F., Podrazsky, V., Vacik, H. (2006): Future-oriented concepts, tools and methods für forest management and forest research crossing European borders.

In: Fürst, Ch., Janecek, V., Lorz, C., Makeschin, F., Podrazky, V., Vacik, H. (Hrsg. / Eds.), Forstwissenschaftliche Beiträge Tharandt 28, 6; Eugen Ulmer GmbH&Co KG, Stutgart; ISBN 3-8001-5457-9

** Lexer, M.J., Vacik, H., Palmetzhofer, D., Oitzinger, G. A decision support tool to improve forestry extension services for small private landowners in southern Austria.

Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 1, 49, 81-102 WoS FullText FullText_BOKU

** Rauscher, HM; Reynolds, K; Vacik, H Decision-support systems for forest management.

COMPUT ELECTRON AGRIC. 2005; 49(1): 1-5. WoS FullText FullText_BOKU

Rauscher H.M., Schmoldt D.L., Vacik H. (2005): Information and Knowledge Management in Support of Sustainable Forestry: A Review.
[IUFRO Conference Sustainable Forestry in Theory & Practice 2005 - Recent Advances In Inventory & Monitoring, Statistics & Modelling, Information and Knowledge Management, and Policy Science, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 05.04.2005 - 08.04.2005]

In: IUFRO: Sustainable forestry in theory and practice, 05.-08. April 2005, Edinburgh, UK FullText

Vacik H. (2005): Development and application of Decision Support Systems for silvicultural Planning and Decision making.
[International Workshop 2005 - Success and Failure of Decision Support Systems for Integrated Water Resource Management, Venice, Italy, 06.10.2005 - 07.10.2005]

In: Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in co-operation with UNESCO-ROSTE: International Workshop on “Success and Failure of Decision Support Systems for Integrated Water Resource Management”, 06-07. October 2005, Venice, Italy FullText

Reynolds K. M., Borges J., Vacik H., Lexer M.J. (2005): Information and communication technology in forest management and conservation..

In: L. Hetemaki and S. Nilsson [Eds.], Information Technology and the Forest Sector. IUFRO World Series Volume 18, 150-171 ; International Union of Forest Research Organizations, Headquaters, Vienna, Austria; ISBN 3-901347-56-9; ISSN 1016-3263

Vacik H. (2005): Methoden und Instrumente des Wissensmanagements anhand von waldbaulichen Fallbeispielen.

Habilitationsschrift erschienen in Forstliche Schriftenreihe, Universität für Bodenkultur, Wien; Band 19, Hrsg.: Österr. Gesellschaft für Waldökosystemforschung und experimentelle Baumforschung an der Univ. f. Bodenkultur, 190 S.; Wien

Vacik H., Lexer M.J., Englisch M. (2004): Einsatz des Decision Support Systems DSD v1.1 zur Unterstützung der forstlichen Beratung im Landesforstdienst.

Forstarchiv, 75, 5, 1-11

Abiyu A., Vacik H. (2004): Population Viability Risk Management (PVRM) applied to in-situ management of Boswellia papyrifera (Del.) Hochst in North-eastern Ethiopia.
[The symposium on the rehabilitation of dryland forests in Ethiopia: ecology and management, Mekelle, Ethiopia, 21.09.2004 - 24.09.2004]

In: Mekelle University: The symposium on the rehabilitation of dryland forests in Ethiopia: ecology and management, 21.09 – 24.09. 2004 , Mekelle University; (submitted to Ethiopian Journal of Natural Resources)

Vacik, H., Lexer, M.J., Palmetzhofer, D., Stampfer, K., Limbeck-Linienau, B. (2004): Anwendung der Entscheidungshilfe CONES zur Planung von Verjüngungseingriffen im Gebirgswald.
[Angewandte Geoinformatik AGIT 2004, Salzburg, Austria, 07.07.2004 - 09.07.2004]

In: Strobl et al. [Hrsg.] , Angewandte Geoinformatik 2004, Beiträge zum 16. AGIT-Symposium Salzburg, Wichmann Verlag (Heidelberg), , AGIT-Symposium Salzburg, 07.07-09.07.2004, Salzburg, 715-723; ISBN: 3-87907-406-2

Vorträge

Vacik H. (2010): Wissensmanagement unterstützt nachhaltige Waldbewirtschaftung .

, Kooperationsveranstaltung der Universität für Bodenkultur Wien mit der Landesverteidigungsakademie Wien , 4. März, 2010, Wien

Vacik H., Lexer M.J. (2006): A Social Learning Approach with Decision Support Systems. [Oral Communication]

forest Xchange - New approaches in Knowledge Management, 25-27.10.2006, Freiburg

Rauscher H.M., Schmoldt D.L., Vacik H. (2005): Information and Knowledge Management in Support of Sustainable Forestry: A Review. [Keynote lecture]

Sustainable forestry in theory and practice, 05.-08. April 2005, Edinburgh, UK FullText

Vacik H. (2005): Methoden und Instrumente zur waldbaulichen Planung und Entscheidungsfindung.

Gastvortrag im Rahmen des Sokrates Mobiltätsstipendiums, 25.05.2005, Georg August Universität Göttingen, Deutschland

Vacik H. (2005): Development and application of Decision Support Systems for silvicultural Planning and Decision making. [Oral Communication]

International Workshop on “Success and Failure of Decision Support Systems for Integrated Water Resource Management”, 06-07. October 2005, Venice, Italy FullText

Vacik H. (2005): Anforderungen an die Entwicklung und Anwendung von Decision Support Systems.

Vortrag im Rahmen des ENFORCHANGE Workshops, 03.06.2005, Kloster Marienthal, Deutschland

Vacik H., Sanglhuber W. (2005): Das Entscheidungsunterstützungssystem DSD v 1.1. und dessen Anwendung in der forstlichen Beratung bei Waldumbau.

Vortrag im Rahmen der Tagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Forsteinrichtung, 12.10.2005, Teisendorf , Deutschland

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